Babylon 5 Project VIII: Severed Dreams
The Babylon 5 Project aims to focus on the arc stories of the TV show by creating a series of films. This creates a more streamlined rewatch of Babylon 5 for those who want to maximize the arc without having to watch the mostly stand-alone episodes with arc storylines in them.
Babylon 5 has such a riveting arc based story that I've returned to watch time and time again but I'm not a big fan of the standalone episodes. However, many standalones do have some arc based storylines which are paid off later. I wanted to craft a new way to watch the series which creates an "all killer, no filler" B5 experience. Some films would just be three or so episodes strung together because of how heavily arc concentrated they are. Other films need to be built from the ground up from the pieces of many episodes which creates new viewing experiences and slightly changed narratives. The Babylon 5 Project also looks to exorcise some loose plot threads that don't pay off down the line.
This was a very light edit of the three episodes which leads to Babylon 5 seceding from the Earth Alliance. "Messages from Earth", "Point of No Return", and "Severed Dreams" are pretty much left alone since they're pretty much perfect episodes of television. A few scenes have been removed for pacing as some opening scenes in the series act to catch up viewers on what happened previously and aren't needed in a film format. The title credits, the fade to blacks for commercial breaks, and the lower third credits have been removed (which I do for all my B5 Project edits).
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